• The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness

Release Date: December 15th, 2006

DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2007

PG-13 |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.

Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Kurt Fuller, Takayo Fischer

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Escape Artists, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Overbrook Entertainment

Distributors: Sony Pictures

Keywords: Sacrifice, 1980s, Office, Fall, Son, Dark, Hotel, Wife, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no matter what; the mentoring, the pair's goofy, lovely banter. And Smith and his bright-eyed boy pull it off brilliantly. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The pursuit is manipulative and repetitive.

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    This is a slick studio production with a huge movie star and top professionals occupying every production role so that the polish of this well-made film makes even homelessness look neat and tidy. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama